We are pleased enough with the players that have been brought into Newcastle so far this summer, but Newcastle need to bring more in.
Yohan Cabaye – top midfielder signing for Magpies
Of course it’s still very early in the transfer window, and there could still be a lot of comings and goings at the Tyneside club.
So far Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid have arrived on Tyneside, and Sol Campbell, Shefki Kuqi and captain Kevin Nolan have left.
At this point Newcastle have zero net spend this summer, in terms of transfer fees.
It seems that Newcastle are ready to bring in left back Wayne Bridge on loan from Manchester City for next season, so you have to think that Jose Enrique is on his way – to some club – and maybe it is Liverpool after all.
But with Shane Ferguson waiting in the wings, getting Bridge for a year seems a good deal, and the season after next, Shane could be ready to assume the left back position at the club.
So Wayne could be said to be bridging the gap until Shane is ready to take over – but of course I’d never say that.
If Newcastle can ever get in Neil Taylor in from Swansea on that £1M release clause, the 22 year-old could also make claims at that time to become the first choice Newcastle left-back.
Newcastle are said to be after their former winger Charles N’Zogbia and PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc, but could possibly miss out on both top players.
News today that Aston Villa could move in for N’Zogbia and Erdinc could be a pawn in PSG’s attempt to sign top young Lille midfielder – Belgian Eden Hazard.
If Newcastle can bring in Wayne Bridge, Charles N’Zogbia, Mevlut Erdinc and Neil Taylor, that would be 8 new players this summer, and things would be looking very good indeed on Tyneside
Newcastle have also placed Leon Best, Alan Smith, Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez on the transfer list, so we could still lose those players, and Smith is up as a free agent, even though he still has one year left on his Newcastle contract.
Those four players are probably being paid in total around £200K/week by Newcastle.
And it certainly appears that some of last year’s squad could still leave Newcastle before September, and the club could be flush with even more transfer funds to spend.
For instance Newcastle could get around £16M or more, if Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Leon Best all leave the club this summer, and Newcastle still have that £35M available from the Andy Carroll sale in January.
So money would not seem to be a problem for the club this transfer season.
But the transfer window still has almost two months to run, and an awful lot can still happen during that time – and probably will.